Silver Bars is a Dream Rock / Shoegaze / Indie band from Austin, Texas. They play spacey rock with influences from the 80’s through today.
“Austin’s SB are a common case of scene vets than find a home together. Center is dreamy but also large and piercing-dreamy, like the post-Join Hands Banshees, 1980-1982 Cure, pre-War U2, and Fables of the Reconstruction R.E.M. were. Those ’80s alterna-rockers’ renown obfuscates how exceptional their guitarists were, and here’s another proto-dreampop guitar band—dominated by Paula J. Smith’s (also co-lead singer) and Ken Hatten’s succession of spine-tickling signatures like fractal patterns. Last year’s self-titled EP—from whence they pluck this debut LP’s opening “Pulse”—set their marker, and Center makes it bigger, brighter, and more fluid, with other temperate singer Stephen Thurman’s bass and Johnny Wilkins’s drum tessellations keeping it crashing and lifting. The guitars fill the speakers so crushingly, the tunes have to be as big, and they are; “Emergency” could be a Death Cab For Cutie song. Hail the pretty miasma.”
– The Big Takeover
“Austin quartet Silver Bars is fast on their way to establishing a new standard for dream rock.”
– John Anderson, KUTX Radio
- “Center of the City Lights”
2019 | 12″ Vinyl LP | SHIFTUS015